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What A Difference A Day Makes: Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano Changes Course on Statements

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Government officials, namely Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano have been making the media rounds since an attempted bombing of a Detroit-bound Northwest Airlines flight on Christmas day.

“…the system has worked really very, very smoothly over the course of the past several days,” said Napolitano in an interview yesterday on ABC’s “This Week.”

Today on NBC’s “Today” show she said, “Our system did not work in this instance…No one is happy or satisfied with that. An extensive review is under way.”

Napolitano said on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” today her original statement was “taken out of context” and that it was was in reference to the fact that, “once this incident occurred we were able to immediately notify the 128 flights already in the air from Europe.”

That may be the case, but one would think the White House isn’t pleased with Napolitano’s original comment, given the sensitivity of the issue, and the fact that the suspect, Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab, had already been put on a terrorist watch list. More to come…

UPDATE: TVNewser reports President Obama is expected to make a statement around 3pmET from Hawaii.

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